LEGO Recalls Remote Controls

LEGO Systems Inc., of Enfield, Connecticut has recalled about 1.600 of its <"">Power Functions IR Remote Controls, the U.S. consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced.

The recall has been initiated because batteries in the LEGO Power Functions IR Remote Controls can overheat, posing a burn hazard to consumers. To date, LEGO Systems Inc. has received four reports of batteries overheating. No injuries have been reported.

The CPSC said that this recall involves Power Functions IR Speed Remote Controls sold separately and as a part of the Emerald Night Train kit (Item K10194) and Power Functions kit (Item K8882). The gray plastic remote controls have two large orange dials and the word LEGO printed on the front.

The recalled in the LEGO Power Functions IR Remote Controls were sold through LEGO catalogs and online at from April 2009 through May 2009 for about $13. The recalled LEGO Power Functions IR Remote Controls were manufactured in China.

The CPSC is advising consumers to immediately stop using the recalled LEGO Power Functions IR Remote Controls and contact LEGO Systems Inc. to determine if their unit needs to be replaced. Consumers with defective remote controls will receive a replacement product. LEGO Systems Inc. is directly contacting consumers who purchased this product. Consumers can contact LEGO Systems Inc. toll-free at 1-800-718-1858 between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time Saturday and Sunday, or visit the firm’s Web site at

In recent years, imports from China have been at the center of safety worries in the United States and other countries. For instance, there was a heparin contamination with a counterfeit ingredient that was implicated in dozens of deaths in the U.S., and hundreds of serious reactions both here and abroad. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) also issued recalls of several foods imported from China that may have been tainted with the industrial chemical melamine. Melamine tainted dairy products hospitalized thousands of children in that country.

We have also long been reporting that despite federal lead standards and that many consider lead poisoning to be one of the most important chronic environmental illnesses affecting children today, toys—many imported from China—continue to be made with elements that exceed federal standards and that could pose serious, sometimes fatal, health concerns.

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